McGill Park Phase 1 and Trail Extension – Canal Winchester, Ohio

STONE completed ecological services for an approximately 20-acre area proposed for the development of recreation fields, access drives, associated parking, and a new multi-use trail associated with the McGill Park Phase 1 and Trail Extension project. The ecological services consisted of a Preliminary Jurisdictional Wetlands/Waters Delineation, Clean Water Act permitting, and macroinvertebrate sampling. Multiple design changes and navigating around several high quality resources made this a challenging project. STONE worked closely with the client to avoid and minimize impacts to resources, and helped come up with creative solutions to use on-site preservation to offset minor impacts to the streams. STONE was able to complete an intensive qualitative macroinvertebrate assessment on one of the proposed impacted streams. The results of the macroinvertebrate survey indicated the stream to be of a quality which allowed the proposed impacts to be permitted under the speedier and more cost-effective Ohio EPA’s Director’s Authorization rather than the more costly and typically much longer Individual 401 Permit.

I just wanted to reach out to both of you & all of Stone for your outstanding effort, due diligence & professionalism on this project.

I’m certainly no ESA expert, but I was blown away by the detail contained in your report, especially given the tight timeframe that was required for delivery.

Please know that your work at Walnut Grove is very much appreciated by everyone here at POAH.

For the record, I am now a huge fan of Stone Environmental, and I hope we will continue our working relationship well into the future.

Doug Dempsey, POAH